The painting of Marzamemi, the fishing village in Sicily, which I have started and which is in its early stages.
Not much sky in this paicture which is useful, as I wanted the roof tops of the buildings to remain sharp if possible against the skyline. I used my old friend, the Mediterranean mix of Phthalo Blue and Cobalt for the sky, not wetting the paper beforehand, so that the colour didn’t run all over the place
I have tidied up the buildings to a certain extent and let the colour of the buildings bleed down into the sea. The sea colour is the same as the sky. I let that dry hard before going any further.
After a day or so, I picked up the painting again, and put some more colour into the sea. I avoided going over the reflections of the buildings, but just went over the rest with sweeps of sea colour, to give the effect of breeze ripples, I hope
I went right across the boats, risky I know but I think all the colours to be used on the boats will cover what I have done
Since taking this photograph I have introduced indigo into the foreground boats, for the detailing and deep shadow. I really want these two boats to come out at the viewer and command most of the attention.
Toying now which colours to use to be faithful to the original whilst at the same time, I want the combination to work as a painting. Winsor Blue perhaps which I haven’t used for some time, red along the waterline and white gouache. There will be some trial and error I think, so we shall see.
Every now and then I repeat that I am not an art teacher and have no qualification other than experience. I am very happy for people to watch, and if what I do is helpful, then great. By the same token, I like to learn so alternative suggestions are always welcome
2 thoughts on “Marzamemi, Sicily: the story so far”
Monsieur, I forgot to mention, I loved this line in your post:
I let the colour of buildings bleed down into the sea.
That’s a splendid line!
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Glad you liked it. The imagery is clear, I think